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CCUS and International Collaboration Essential for China to Achieve Carbon Neutrality

19th April 2021

A recap on the 6th International CCUS Forum, Beijing.

On the 10th of April 2021, more than 300 participants attended the 6th International CCUS Forum held in Beijing, China. With distinguished speakers and enthusiastic engagement, the forum was demonstrative of the broad interest of the Chinese Government and industry to promote CCUS research, development, demonstration and deployment in China.

Hosted by China Technology Strategic Alliance for CCUS Technology Innovation (CTSA-CCUS) and organized by China Huaneng Group, a stellar line up of speakers including senior government officials, industry executives and think tanks presented on various themes relating to this year's theme, carbon neutrality and CCUS.

Several government ministries, including the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE), the National Energy Administration (NEA), the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), and State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC) provided remarks on CCUS development/deployment trend and directions. Several large state-owned enterprise senior executives discussed their corporate strategies on carbon peaking, carbon neutrality and CCUS pathways.

Global CCS Institute CEO, Brad Page, used his keynote to highlight the momentum and progress surrounding global CCS deployment. He also discussed the opportunities and challenges for CCUS in China, saying that as the role and significance of the technology for reaching China's climate targets is further realised an acceleration in CCS deployment should be expected.

Speakers at the forum agreed that CCS technologies are essential to achieving carbon neutrality in China, emphasising a focus on technology development, policy and commercial mechanism development, inter-ministry coordination, large-scale full-chain CCUS demonstrations and international collaboration.

International collaboration was evidenced by an agreement signed by China Huaneng Group and Carbon Transport and Storage Company (CTSCo) at the event. Under the agreement, Huaneng Group will build a 110,000 tonne per annum carbon capture plant in Australia in collaboration with CTSCo.

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